Book Review: Keep a Quiet Heart

Keep a Quiet Heart

In the darkness of my perplexity and sorrow I have heard Him say quietly, Trust me.

My Texas roommates and I love Elisabeth Elliot. Her words of encouragement and wisdom have been sought after and enjoyed for decades. Because of this, Keep a Quiet Heart was a natural choice when we wanted to have a rommie book study. The book study never quite happened. Other things kept popping up, and before we knew it, it was time for us to return to our respective “normal” lives. I’m still glad for the motivation to purchase the book.

Keep a Quiet Heart is a collection of articles featured in Elisabeth Elliot’s newsletter over several years. Because of it’s “short story” composition, it’s easy to pick the book up and read a few nuggets in the midst of a busy schedule, or sit down and read a hundred pages on a day with more free time.

As always, Elisabeth’s writing is accessible and meaningful.

On June 24, as I read a few pages of this book, I wrote in my journal;

Lord, You know the beginning fron the end. Forgive me for fretting about what you send. Teach me to trust in your perfect plan. Keep my eyes on you instead of man. Cleanse me of pride in myself, and bring me to perfect spiritual health.

“…all is under my Father’s control: yes, recalcitrant computers, faulty transmissions, drawbridges which happen to be up when one is in a hurry. My portion. My cup. My lot is secure. My heart can be at peace. My father is in charge. How simple!” —Keep a Quiet Heart

As on that day, I’ve found this to be the sort of book that I can flip open at any time and find something relevant for the day behind or ahead of me. Definitely a great addition to my bookshelf!


2 Replies to “Book Review: Keep a Quiet Heart”

  1. Sounds like a good book! My older sister has read a lot of Elisabeth Elliot’s books.
    I really liked your little poem! It had an awesome meaning, and I have a serious weak point for good rhyming! 🙂
    By the way, did you write the poems in “Counted Worthy”? I was wondered when I read it, since I didn’t know you were a poet. I really liked them! I think books with poem in them are the best idea!

    1. Thanks, Hanna! That poem was a bit of an accident. The first two bits rhymed on accident, so then I kept going.

      And yes. I did write the poems in “Counted Worthy.” I’m glad you like them. I enjoy writing “hymn style” poems.

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